Today, the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Malmo, Sweden and the world (or all of Europe) will be watching.
So what are the rules? Honestly, I’m still trying to figure them all out. As far as I can tell it’s a combination of American Idol and The Hunger Games (the five nations who give the most money to the event get preferential treatment and automatically make the finals), but set in Europe.
So why is it so important? For Europe it’s like the Olympics of pop music. It invokes cultural pride–and sometimes national embarrassment. Oh, and in 1974 an unknown group called ABBA sang a song at Eurovision comparing love to the Napoleonic Wars and suddenly became one of the most popular, important and famous pop groups of all time.
But to be honest, it doesn’t really matter who wins or who loses. The reason why Eurovision is so splendid is because you will inevitably get exposed to some weird, some wacky and some weirdly good pop songs you’d never hear otherwise.
After going through every song submission (YES WE DID THIS), we zeroed in on the ten videos you absolutely can’t miss from Eurovision 2013. There are men in glitter vests rapping while playing the keytar, a guy skydiving and singing in a inhuman falsetto, and a surprisingly catchy song from Denmark that could believably crack U.S. charts-even though it features tin whistle*.
*There are traditionally a lot of tin whistles, bagpipes, plaid and celtic drums as well as glitter, dance beats and Nordic looking people in Eurovision since Ireland and Sweden are considered the most successful acts.
[Photo Credit: Eurovision]